Outreach

Girl scouts gently brush away soil to reveal ancient bones for a badge where they learned about archeology and what they can learn about the ancient world.

On Penn State’s campus, I have devoted much time to the Ecology graduate program and to Graduate Women in Sciences (GWIS).  Through GWIS, I co-organized a national meeting for the organization, including break-out groups, invited speakers, and a poster session.  I also co-organized workshops to help middle-school aged girl scouts earn science-related badges via hands-on activities and career panels with girls in a variety of graduate school majors.

To reach farmers and other agricultural stakeholders in the state of Pennsylvania, I co-organized field days with the NESARE Dairy Cropping Systems team at Penn State.  Undergraduate and graduate students were integrally involved in these field days, helping to prepare materials for the stake-holders and prepare field stations for the hands-on portion of the events.

Maggie Douglas (left), Roger Koide (center), and Kristin Haider (right) share research about beneficial insects and mycorrhizal fungi in cropping systems at the 2011 field day.
Maggie Douglas (left), Roger Koide (center), and Kristin Haider (right) share research about beneficial insects and mycorrhizal fungi in cropping systems at the 2011 field day.

Field Days at PSU Russel E. Larson Agricultural Research Farm:

2014: ‘Lessons Learned From PSU’s Diversified Dairy Cropping Research’

2013: ‘Creative Uses for Forages in Dairy Cropping Systems’ (for King Agri-seeds)

2012: ‘Nutrient Conservation Strategies for Soil Health’

2011: ‘Sustainable Dairy Cropping Systems’

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